Turnbull starts, but forgotten Celtic man Jack Hendry grabs the headlines for Scotland

By Euan Davidson

June 2, 2021

Well, that was quite the night for fans of both Celtic and Scotland.

A whopping 5 of Scotland’s 6 Celtic selections made starts, with Greg Taylor on the bench. And the impact and understanding between the Bhoys paid immediate dividends for Scotland. Of all players, it was Jack Hendry who opened the scoring against Holland.

Yep, Jack Hendry. The centre-back was there to finish after some poor passing from Holland opened up space. His low, driven shot would’ve made any striker proud, and of course, questions arose about whether Celtic could still hold on to him.

From a defensive point of view, the very Celtic-led defence of Tierney, Hendry and Cooper kept the Dutch down to just one shot on target in the first half. Unfortunately, it was a goal. And a good one, too, with Moussa Dembele’s Lyon teammate Memphis Depay scoring smartly from a volley.

But overall, the first half was an impressive one. From Turnbull’s perspective, he showed great promise. Happy to either move the ball on or carry it and garner touches, the Celtic midfielder looked more than comfortable at international level. A particular first half highlight for Turnbull was a cross-field pass to Andy Robertson with the outside of his boot.

For both sides, this was a game without too much rhythm. While Celtic midfielders dominated the team-sheet, it was heard to get a great deal going creatively. A succession of fouls from both teams marred any fluidity, largely due to players finding some much-needed sharpness ahead of the Euros.

When a second goal came, it arrived via a reported Celtic target. A soft foul call, though, allowed Memphis Depay to score a scorcher of a free-kick from range just before 90 minutes. Ah, what might’ve been, but it was still plenty positive for Scotland and Celtic fans alike.

David Turnbull of Scotland and Ryan Gravenberch of Holland / (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

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